Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
Food Safety for Labor Day Grilling

Just as with cooking indoors, there are important guidelines that should be followed to ensure that your grilled food reaches the table safely. Preventing food borne illness remains a public health challenge; if you’re planning to grill this Labor Day weekend, click on the title to view "Grill It Safe" for more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550.

Back-to-School Food Safety Reminders

Whether it's off to school or work, many Harnett County residents, carry bagged lunches. Many people choose to brown-bag it because it is a great way to save money. Following a few basic tips can ensure that lunches are delicious, nutritious and safe. The Harnett County Department of Public Health provides the following safe handling recommendations to reduce your risk of becoming infected with food borne illness from bag lunches click on the title for more information or call 910-893-7550.

Preventing Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Medications are important tools to help those with chronic pain and those who have other serious illnesses; however, when used incorrectly, these medications can end a life. Overdoses of prescription painkillers (also called opioid or narcotic pain relievers) have more than tripled in the past 20 years. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 12:00-2:00pm in the Commons Area of the Governmental Complex 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington, to learn more about Project Lazarus. Our aim is to broaden awareness of the extent and seriousness of unintentional poisonings and chronic pain issues, and to support community involvement in prevention and early intervention. Please RSVP regarding your attendance by Tuesday, September 2, 2014, click on the title for more information or call 910-814-6298 or 910-814-6198.

New School Year —Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?

The Harnett County Health Department will be providing an evening Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine clinic on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at the Health Department located within the Governmental Complex at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointment is needed. TDAP which protects against three serious diseases Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis also called whooping cough. Effective July 1, 2015, all students entering seventh grade will be required to receive a Meningococcal vaccine in addition to the Tdap. Therefore, it is recommended that all students entering sixth grade in the fall of 2014 receive both Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines. For more information 910-893-7550.

National Cholesterol Education Month

September is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body, but too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. For more information on cholesterol, click on the title.

Kindergarten Physicals

Parents of children, who will be entering Kindergarten this school year, make plans to schedule an appointment for your child’s Kindergarten Physical before the start of the school year. The Harnett County Health Department provides complete Kindergarten Physicals to make an appointment contact the Health Department -Child Health clinic at 910-893-7550.

Children aren't Eating Enough Fruit or Vegetables:

Children in the U.S. ate 67% more whole fruit from 2003-2010, but the amount of vegetables they ate remained unchanged, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, from 2003-2010, children drank less juice, making whole fruit the main contributor of fruit to children’s diets, as recommended by experts. Though the findings about fruit are encouraging, children in the U.S. are still not eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. For more information click here or click on the title to view the report.

Departmental Change: Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

The Health Department will be changing to an Electronic Medical Record computer system. We ask that you would please be understanding, flexible and patient as we work to better serve you. Comments about this Departmental change can be made through this web site, by clicking onto the Patient Satisfaction survey. For more information 910-893-7550.

WIC program change:

The Women Infants and Children (WIC)program is changing to a new computer system Crossroads. The first time you come to WIC after Crossroads, WIC staff may ask you some new questions. We ask that you would please be understanding, flexible and patient as we work to better serve you. Comments about this program change can be made through this web site, by clicking onto the Patient Satisfaction survey. For more information 910-893-6238.

Preventing Suicide
Suicide (i.e., taking one's own life) is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. It is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Suicide resulted in 39,518 lives lost in 2011. Each year, more than 39,000 Americans take their own lives and about 487,000 people receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries. Help prevent suicide in your community, for more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Adults need Vaccines Too!
Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.Being fully immunized is the best tool to prevent tetanus. Tetanus vaccines are recommended for people of all ages, with booster shots throughout life. Did you know that certain vaccines are recommended for adults and adolescents? Take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quick quiz Click here to to find out which vaccines YOU may need. For more information about Adult Immunizations contact the Health Department 910-893-7550.

West African Ebola Outbreak
For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington

The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.

Mobile Mammography:

Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography screenings will be held on September 17, 2014. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.

Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook

Become a fan of Harnett County Health Department by visiting our Facebook Page. We update our page with upcoming events and programs, photos, health news and more. This is also a great way to interact with us. Click on the title to visit our page.